If Drinking Is Your Priority...
Peter McManus Café
Most nights, the charmingly shabby McManus serves as an after-hours spot for UCB performers. On St. Patrick’s, a hard-drinking contingent of comedy hangers-on and hard-boiled regulars should spark an epic early-morning booze session — for one annual day only, the bar opens at 8 a.m.
St. Paddy’s Luck of the Irish Pub Crawl
This barhop covers two days, 30 bars, and five miles of prime drinking territory in the East Village, Gramercy, Murray Hill, and the Upper East Side. If you don't feel green afterwards, consider rehab.
The Dead Poet
This packed, narrow pub offers a touch of literary sophistication with its selection of nine Irish whiskeys. Framed verses deck the walls, and there’s a lending library in back, meaning you can study up on Dickens and Joyce while getting your buzz on.